22 Bullets

2013

22 Bullets

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Retired gangster Charlie Matteï (Jean Reno) embarks on a violent quest for revenge after being pumped full of bullets by his former associates, and left for dead in this pulpy crime thriller from director Richard Berry. Few men could survive having 22 bullets tear through their flesh, but somehow Charlie has managed to get back on his feet. Upon discovering there is a price on his head Charlie sets out to learn who signed his death warrant as police work to track down his would-be-killers. When all clues lead Charlie back to his childhood friend Tony Zakia, he is forced to consider the prospect that he may have been betrayed by one of his closest allies. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Mar 20, 2014
    The French seem to be quite good at making these crime thrillers. Jean Reno, an actor familiar to English-speaking audiences thanks to his appearance in films like Leon and Godzilla, stars as a retired gangster (based on a true character, apparently) who is gunned down in a car park and left for dead by former accomplices. His attackers' reasons seem a little strange: they're afraid he will disapprove of their decision to move into the drugs market. After pumping 22 bullets into his body they leave him for dead, but he's harder to kill than they expected (hence the original title: l'Imortelle) and recovers to start plotting his revenge. Reno is one of the few actors - French or otherwise - who could pull off this kind of role convincingly. He can play the tough guy well enough, but retains a humane side that sneaks through the armour every now and then. His adversary, a former childhood friend, is more of a typical bad guy, but is given a few personality quirks to at least give him some character. It's interesting, though, how the eight assassins whom Reno tracks one-by-one are all given a more human side than the usual screen villain. Many of them are performing acts of kindness when Reno catches up with them - laying flowers on their son's grave; walking their senile mother, etc. The plot asks the audience to suspend disbelief perhaps a little too often for its own good, and is perhaps a little more convoluted than it needs to be, but it moves at a cracking pace, and actor Richard Perry has a dynamic style of filming that wisely stops short of becoming too flashy. 5 Stars 2-10-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2012
    Sounds epic and stars Jean Reno, I was expecting a rip roaring 'Leon' type gun flick but alas. The film isn't bad by any means but its rather slow with a lot of dialog, and with subs that can be a slog. The action kicks off straight away as we see Reno's character having a good time with his son only to be ambushed by his car and gunned down in brutal fashion reminiscent of Murphy's execution in 'Robocop'. After seeing this I was thinking, OK...let the blood splattering revenge commence. That is what the film is based around naturally, Reno's character getting revenge for his attack and uncovering who and why, which of course leads to the odd double cross. The whole film is really well made, looks good and classy but its pretty boring in all honesty. There is the odd violent flare which gets you excited, Reno taking out the odd bad guy in revenge, but its few and far between. A more sensible thriller instead of the larger than life kick ass revenge flick I hoped for. The ending is also rather uneventful to say the least. I felt somewhat disappointed by the end but appreciate the quality acting on show from Reno and other French actors, I think the films poster and title does mislead you a little.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2011
    The anti-hero is one of the cinema's greatest staples. From Travis Bickle in <i>Taxi Driver</i> to Harry Callahan in <i>Dirty Harry</i>, the troubled guy we can't help barracking for is a convention as old as film itself. To that legion of lovable bad boys we can now add Jean Reno's Charly Mattei, a retired gangster dragged back into the underworld when he's peppered with 22 bullets, in a seemingly unprovoked attack in an underground car park. A grandstanding speech, to be sure. In the hands of some, it could have been dismissed as corny and heavy-handed, not to mention implausible. But Reno delivers it with the authority and <i>gravitas</i> of a seasoned star. A product of Luc Beeson's Europa Corp stable of films, <i>22 Bullets</i> plays to type as a standard revenge flick, with a gangster twist. It works because of the commitment of its leads and the stylish direction of Richard Berry. Cliches abound: witness the alcoholic cop whose husband is killed on the job. She is tasked with finding those who tried to take out Mattei and, then, figure out why they're all ending up dead. But as with Reno, Marina Fois completely commits to her role. Kad Merad, meanwhile, shines in a rare serious turn as Mattei's oldest friend, imbuing his villain with cold-blooded menace. There is action here and violence there and, as the film progresses, it spirals further out of control (becoming gorier in the process). Those with a weak constitution might, for a example, want to skip the scene in which Mattei bashes a victim's head in by slamming a car door on it over and over again. Or when he himself is scalded in the face with boiling water.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    One of the reasons I gave this movie a try was for Jean Reno. I have seen him in Leon the Professional, and since this plot was about hit man and mafia, it sounded similar to me as Leon the Professional It started promising in the beginning, but then after Jean Reno's character got shot it went downwards.He was shot 22 times but miraculously he survived.I must admit that the movie wasn't really that bad, there were some nice and also brutal scenes and Jean Reno was himself as usual, but nothing spectacular, and the plot was a bit confusing, as the story hardly gave enough time to understand what exactly it was about and who was who. The whole story was predictable, with no unexpected plot twists or anything spectacular that will make it memorable.If you like this kind of entertaining movie, then you might like it, but if you like something with more depth, skip it.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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